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Keller Earns All-America Honorable Mention from CBI

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By Mike Janes
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HANOVER, N.H. — The Louisville Slugger/ All-America teams were announced this morning, and Dartmouth outfielder Jeff Keller received honorable mention to cap a terrific junior campaign. He was one of just two Ivy Leaguers to receive the honor, joined by Princeton’s Mike Ford.

Among Keller’s numerous accolades were first-team selections for All-Ivy League and the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) All-Stars. The native of Atherton, Calif., also earned first-team Capital One Academic All-America honors from the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) as an economics major with a 3.97 grade point average, becoming the first Dartmouth baseball player to be named an Academic All-American.

The rising senior and 2014 co-captain of the Big Green enjoyed a fantastic spring, helping Dartmouth win a school-record 32 games and its sixth consecutive Rolfe Division title in the Ivy League. The right-handed hitter finished among the top three in the conference in 10 offensive statistical categories as he led the loop in runs scored (39), RBIs (41), doubles (21), triples (4), total bases (99) and slugging percentage by more than 100 points (.702). Keller hit .369 for the season with six homers and was perfect on the basepaths, stealing eight bases in eight attempts. He led the entire country in doubles per game (0.53) whilel ranking fifth nationally in slugging percentage.

The last Big Green player to earn All-America honors by any organization was left-handed pitcher Mike Remlinger ’88, who went on to a 14-year career in Major League Baseball (MLB). The American Baseball Coaches Association selected him to the first team in 1987 before he was selected in the first round of the MLB Draft with the 16th overall selection by the San Francisco Giants.

San Diego third baseman Kris Bryant, the second overall selection in the 2013 MLB Draft, was named the Louisville Slugger Player of the Year, while UCLA’s David Berg was chosen as the Louisville Slugger Pitcher of the Year.